Frigid Weather Prompts $80K for Four Boston Nonprofits
January 6, 2018 As Massachusetts was digging out from Thursday's blizzard and coping with unrelenting frigid air, The Boston Foundation yesterday announced it awarded $80,000 in emergency grants to four Boston nonprofits that provide housing and homelessness services.
Kate Guedj, vice president and chief philanthropy officer of The Boston Foundation, said that 10 days of exceptionally cold weather before this weeks storm had already increased the need for shelter and risks facing the housing and food insecure in the region.
She noted that one in 10 households lack access to affordable, nutritious food and, on any given night, more than 19,000 people in Massachusetts are homeless.
Receiving the grants were the following:
"Because of the frigid cold combined with higher fuel prices, the Department of Energy (DOE) forecasts that consumers across the Northeast will have to pay significantly more to heat their homes this winter," they wrote in a letter, as reported in GoLocal Worcester." Families heating their homes with heating oil are anticipated to pay 21% more this winter. In the Northeast, families using natural gas or propane are projected to pay roughly 10% more than last year and it will cost families heating with electricity nearly three and a half percent more.